Welcome to another edition of the Bavarian Christmas. Today I will show you the shops were all those lovely Ornaments that I'm giving away are handmade. The Christmas store is called "Kaethe Wohlfahrt" and its main stores and crafting sites are located in Christmastown Germany called 'Rothenburg'. I will tell you about Rothenburg in an upcoming post, it is one of my favorite German towns.
Kaethe Wohlfahrt has a Christmas Town in Rothenburg, where it is Christmas all year long. The picture on the left side is an actual picture from inside the store. They sell hundreds of different Christmas decorations-ornaments, Wood and Pewter, Pyramids, Teddy Bears, Chocolates, and all sorts of nic nacs. The inside of the store is modeled after old Franconian cities with snow covered roofs and cobblestone streets. It is magical. In front of the store is a red bus that during December Santa rides around town. All items are hand made in the 'Weihnachtswerkstatt' (Christmas work shop) by artists. Here are some examples of their tree ornaments:
They also have a 'Weihnachtsmuseum' or Christmas Museum where a large collection of artifacts are displayed. They have a few more stores in town, as well. The Christkindlmarket is a year round Christmas market where you will find Nutcrackers, Incense Smokers, Schwibbogen (Candle Arches), Music Boxes and Christmas themed table linens. Enchanting wall paintings and beautiful merchandise greet each visitor in Käthe Wohlfahrt’s Rose Pavilion. It offers charming home accessories and scented gift items in all price categories in an expertly decorated setting.
The Rose Pavilion also offers a fine selection of exclusive brand name items like Meissen Porcelain, BREE leather goods, MCM, Goldpfeil, Zwilling, Port Meirion and many others.
The "Magic Mushroom" is the happiest toy store in the world and a great experience for the entire family. Typically German games, toys and jig-saw puzzles are presented in the enchanting atmosphere of a magic forest, as well as dolls, teddy bears and many other things that brighten the faces of children and parents.
The Clock Shop offers an impressive selection of traditional cuckoo clocks, mantelpiece clocks, anniversary clocks and grandfather clocks as well as wrist watches and traditional gentlemen’s pocket watches. The store also carries inlaid wood tables, crystal chandeliers, charming home accessories of wood, metal and glass, as well as a large variety of exclusive M. J. Hummel figurines and Belgian tapestries.
To the left is a picture of a Christmas Pyramid hand made in Christmastown Seiffen, located in the Erzgebirge region of Germany. Wohlfahrt sells them too. The pyramid has a place for candles on the bottom, and the upward-moving warmth from the lower circle of candles turns the different levels of groups of lathed or carved figures. There are a lot of reproductions out there, so the real ones coming from the Erzgebirge have a sticker or stamp on the bottom saying Seiffen. Read more about the pyramids here. Visit Kaethe Wohlfahrt online here. They ship world wide and have an online store and a store in Stillwater, MN.
You don't have to leave your computer to win some of Kaethe Wohlfahrt's ornaments-it is happening right here. Give-a-way III starts now and goes through midnight 13 Dec.
To enter you need to leave a comment on this post during that time. And here is what you can win this week:
A lovely set of Kaethe Wohlfahrt's Country Collection. Good Luck!
And now on to last week's winner of give-a-way II: A Hint of Home, selected by random drawing. Winning number: 5. You have 24 hrs to contact me with your address or I will select another winner. Congratulions to you and to all others don't be sad, another give-a-way is starting today!